God's Destructive Work
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When a farmer prepares to plant in land which has been
dormant, he first cuts and clears the brush, weeds, and trees that have
grown up there. When a contractor prepares to build, he first demolishes
and removes any old structures that are in the way.
In the same way, when God prepares to move upon human hearts, He first
removes those things which are rooted and established there in
opposition to Him. To illustrate, when God called Jeremiah and appointed
him as a prophet to the nations, He commissioned him to do six
"...to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to
build and to plant" (Jeremiah 1:10 NASV).
Four of the six things God gave Jeremiah to do refer to the fearful work
of God's destruction. God targets for demolition the hold of false gods
and the world system on individuals and nations. And He directs His Word
at the power of sin as it manifests in the heart through independence,
self-will, and rebellion.
God's desire is that the fear of His destructive work would spur His
people to repent and turn to Him. But if they refuse, the testimony of
God's Word is that what they have built and planted, and even their own
lives, will be swept away.
Word Based Counseling at times involves confronting those who oppose God
in their beliefs and in their behavior. The purpose is to deliver God's
words of warning and admonition to them, to turn "them back from their
evil way and from the evil of their deeds." Not everyone listens
and heeds. Some persist in their own way. Yet in many, humility triumphs
over pride, and repentance and righteousness abound as they surrender
and return to God with their whole heart.
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